Are you receiving an error message that says This computer does not have enough space for temporary files? It happens when you don’t have enough space on your drive where you are installing a Windows Feature Upgrade or downloading a Windows Update on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer. This post will guide you on how you can fix the problem.
Why does this error This computer does not have enough space for temporary files occur?
Temporary files exist only as long as they are in use and are stored temporarily in a folder. The temporary folder is not deleted when your computer is restarted, but instead, it is either removed from the program which creates it or the OS itself. Such Temporary files get created when installing a Windows Update or a software.
Error 0x80070103, This computer does not have enough space for temporary files
To resolve this issue, you need to create enough space for temporary files. use the following methods:
- Run Storage Sense
- Find Large Files & Apps
- Increase Disk Space
- Relocate App to a different location
You may need admin permission for some of these.
1] Run Storage Sense
Storage Sense is a feature in Windows 11 that automatically manages storage intelligently. It can monitor your storage usage and warns you when storage is full. You can also configure it to easily empty Recycle Bin and the Downloads folder.
- Open Windows Settings (Win + I)
- Navigate to System > Storage > Storage Sense
- Turn on Automatic User content cleanup toggle
- Select what you want to clean up and then click on the Run Storage Sense now button
It will delete files from most locations, especially the temporary folder available in the Windows folder.
2] Find Large Files & Apps (Cleanup Recommendation)
Locating large files has always been a problem in Windows, but it is straightforward to find with the Cleanup Recommendation feature.
- Go to Windows Settings > System > Storage
- Click on the Cleanup recommendations
- There are four options here—Temporary files, Large or unused files, Files synced to the cloud, and new apps
- Check each of them, and then remove what is not required.
You will be surprised to find the number of unused apps on your PC and files
3] Extend Partition
If none of these work, then the next suggestion would be to increase the space of the primary partition. However, there are two things you should know. First, you need to have space next to the partition, and it will take time depending on the software you use.
- Open Run Prompt using Win + R
- Type diskmgmt.msc and press Shift + Enter to launch it
- First, make sure there is unallocated space on the drive. If not, you will have to create it by deleting the existing one.
- Please right-click on the System Drive or C Drive and choose to extend it
- You need to also ensure that the partition is marked as Active
- Wait for the process to complete, and make sure not to use the PC.
TIP: Use Command-line version of Disk Cleanup Utility to clean more
4] Relocate App to a different location
If it’s an app or software installation issue, you can choose to install it in a different location. Most of the desktop software allows you to change the path before installing. On the other hand, Windows settings will enable you to move some of the apps to a different partition.
Is it OK to delete files from the Downloads Folder?
It is safe to delete whatever you downloaded there unless you are storing important files into the Downloads folder. However, it’s good not to keep essential files and move them out to a safe location.
Can I add more storage to my PC?
You can always add more storage space based on your PC configuration, but if you want to add more storage space to the existing drive, there will be limitations. So if you’re going to add more space to the system drive, you can either change the drive and migrate to it or use disk management to extend the system drive.